How can we see the Reynolda estate in the context of the Jim Crow South? Five Row was a segregated community for African American farm workers and their families, located on the edge of the estate. Residents of Five Row dug the foundations for Reynolda House, cleared land for the agricultural fields, and worked the farm from the 1910s until late 1950s, when Five Row was demolished for the building of Silas Creek Parkway. Learn more about Five Row on the Curate Reynolda blog.
After work we’d walk through the shed next to the blacksmith’s shop, across the road, through the path in the woods to the bridge to cross the creek – then on into home at Five Row. – James “Ed” Lash
“Out at Reynolda, the whites and the blacks, I often think about it myself. It was just as great as you have ever seen. To show you what I mean, I could go across to the Village and walk in without knocking, and they would look up and say, ‘That’s Ed.’ It was very good.” – James “Ed” Lash
“Well, there were two schools…the white children went there, but we had the same they had… And we all played together because there wasn’t nobody else to play with. They’d play with us, we’d play with them. We didn’t go to the same school, but we had the same books, she furnished all the books, paper and everything, you went to school, it didn’t rain or snow and I could walk to school. The...
Ellis and Flora Pledger were early residents of Five Row.
“They had what you call Five Row. They Reynolds built that place five houses in a row, that’s the way it got its name. If you worked there, you got free housing.” – James “Ed” Lash
Flora Pledger and Lillie Hamlin, early residents of Five Row, stand outside the school. A volleyball net and an outhouse are visible in the background.
“The men took it for fun, to see which one could raise the biggest hogs. And you never seen such hogs in your life. Oh, we raised one 550 pounds. And lard! I had three cans about that big, full of lard.” – Flora Pledger